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Know Your Midlands No 3

A new landmark for the television age jostles for attention with Lichfield Cathedral, all under the watchful eye of local literary icon Samuel Johnson.

Non-Fiction 1957 3 mins Silent

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This piece of film was part of a series designed to introduce the Midlands to people taking up the new local commercial television service. Lichfield had added significance for the new Midlands ITV franchise holders because Hints, just outside the Staffordshire town, was the chosen site for the ITA transmitter that originally broadcast these pictures across the region.

The television transmitter at Hints was used by the Midlands ITV companies for their 405 line broadcasts until the system was discontinued in the 1980s. The transmitter was later used for local Channel 5 broadcasts.